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I've installed Skype, but the icon is not shown at the top panel (tray). As "tray-whitelist" was removed from dconf, I can't add icon by myself.

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It should be present under the messaging menu, which makes it easy to access and view all email and chat clients. However, if you don't like it, sni-qt:i386 is the way to go – asymptotically Jul 18 '13 at 14:43
@Vic It is not duplication, since another answer works only in < 12.10. In 13.04 "tray-whitelist" was removed. That's why your one won't help on systems >=13.04 – Ivan Rylach Sep 17 '14 at 17:28
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I had the same problem, installing the following package fixed it for me:

sudo apt-get install sni-qt:i386
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Worked on 13.10 as well! – karlingen Oct 29 '13 at 8:40
Worked on 14.04 as well :) – Postadelmaga Mar 12 '14 at 8:50
after logging in it is disappearing... it came back again! – Tarek Apr 22 '14 at 17:53
Needed a restart to work. – mostafiz Sep 16 '14 at 14:06
Thank you sir! Just needed to logoff and login again :) – Valter Henrique Oct 25 '14 at 23:36

I had the same problem when I downloaded skype directly from

To fix it just you need completely remove your installed skype, then open terminal and do this:

  1. sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get install skype && sudo apt-get -f install

After these manipulations I have skype icon in panel.

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Its always a bit older version, but a good solution to a given problem – Michael Jul 3 '13 at 8:09

Skype icon can be visible after white listing the skype icon by gsetting set command like,

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Wine', 'Update-notifier', 'Skype']"

Found on Linuxicle : Enable skype notification icon in Ubuntu 12.04/13.04

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This worked for me. Thanks. (Using Ubuntu 12.04.4) – alexscmar Feb 12 '14 at 14:16
From Ubuntu 13.04 on, this solution will not work as the support for systray-whitelist was removed (see). You can however install the systray-white PPA's packages to make this solution work again. – tanius Feb 17 '14 at 17:13

This have worked for me: Nvidia and Catalyst drivers don't run well with skype.

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I also had problems installing Skype from I had tried to install the Ubuntu 12.04 multiarch version that seemed to be the closest they had to the one I was running which was Ubuntu 13.04 on a x86_64 (64 bit) machine. Had problems with both the sound and video and my 13.04 was a clean and recent install.

I then completely uninstalled that version and took the version from and have now managed to successfully use Skype.

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